6d Ramavijaya. and trace the whereabouts of Rama and Lakshuman. " Even at the risk of my life I will get Rama and Lak- shuman back," replied Maruti. Having thus spoken Maruti entered the excavation with ETala, ISTila, Angada, and Jambuvant and went through it to the sea-shore half dead, where they refreshed themselves with a fresh breeze. Looking at the large numbers of the demons they disguis- ed themselves as Fakirs* and asked the monsters to show them the way that led to Mahikavati. The demons did non listen to them and prevented them' from proceed- ing further, when Maruti got indignant and threw them into the sea with his tail. Makardwaja was greatly in- censed, and combated with Maruti but the latter flung- him down and sat on his chest. Makardwaja was alarm- ed, when Maruti called upon him to name the espouser of his cause. " If my father, Marati, were here," said Ma- kardwaja, "he would kill you and save my life." As soon as the demon mentioned the name of Maruti, the latter wa startled, and, getting up from his chest, said, " My name is Maruti. I am a Brarrihachari j and how do you say that I am your father ? Just give me an account of how you were born to me." " When you burnt Lanka/* replied Makardwaja, '* yon threw into the sea your sweat, which my mother, a Mapari, J swallowed up ; and of that sweat I was born to you." Maruti was astonished at the account given by Makardwaja, and blessed him when, the Magari came to see the monkey and said to him,. " When you came here last time, you had a large "size ; but I now find that your form is very small. I doubt whether you are that Maruti whom I had seen." Where- upon Maruti assumed his former form and removed her doubt. He then acquainted her with what had happened * Mendicants, f A Brahman that religiously abstains from aU sexual comnerce with woman; either fora, time life. J An alligator.